Highways officials act after complaints over flooding on busy road near Dunmow

PUBLISHED: 07:44 11 January 2018 | UPDATED: 07:44 11 January 2018

Four cars involved in collision on A120 at Takeley on February 27, 2017, where aquaplaning was thought to be a cause. Picture: SGT COLIN SHEAD/ESSEX POLICE

Four cars involved in collision on A120 at Takeley on February 27, 2017, where aquaplaning was thought to be a cause. Picture: SGT COLIN SHEAD/ESSEX POLICE


After seven cars have aquaplaned off the flooded A120 in 11 months, Highways England says it has taken action.

Last week, Broadcast readers contacted the paper to say yet more cars had skidded off the road - and sent us photographs of the stranded vehicles.

Some ended up on their roofs in fields and ditches.

Last winter four cars left the same spot on the same day. On Monday, February 27, a Jaguar, Porsche, Audi and Ford Focus were all swept off the road and had to be rescued by a tractor.

Highways England, which is responsible for the road, told The Broadcast this week that it had cleared all the drainage gullies and channels along the road near Dunmow of debris or silt to ensure that the road’s drainage system is operating effectively.

A spokesman said: “Safety is at the heart of everything we do at Highways England, and we have a comprehensive programme of maintenance and renewals work across the trunk road and motorway network.

“We will continue to keep an eye on this section of the A120 to see if there is any other long-term treatment that might be needed.”

Last week, reader David Morgan said: “I’ve aquaplaned over this water myself, but luckily never lost control.

“This morning there was a very nice Maserati backwards in the field next to the carriageway. It had spun off the road and gone through the deer fencing.

“This must be the forth or fifth identical accident over the last month. Some cars have ended up on their roofs, some days there have been two wrecked cars in the field.

“It is always at the same spot, it is a dangerous defect in the road.” And Graham Perry said: “Yet another car has spun off of the A120 into the ditch westbound near Minchins farm, Dunmow. I make that the seventh car to do so at that spot in the last year.

“When is something going to be done about the road surface and the drainage to prevent aquaplaning or icing on that stretch?

“The temporary signs warning drivers of this hazard are clearly not working.”


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